UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State Berkey Creamery's new ice cream flavor will have football fans celebrating even more when Penn State hosts Ohio State at Beaver Stadium on Sept. 29.
"White Out" — a sweet blend of popcorn-flavored ice cream and white chocolate chips — is now available for scooping at the Creamery. The flavor also is available in half-gallon containers and 3-gallon tubs for purchase at the store and online.
"'White Out' has become a huge Penn State Athletics tradition, so it only made sense for us to help promote and complement their efforts," said Jim Brown, the Creamery's assistant manager. "We think this new flavor is going to be a touchdown with fans."
Brown and the Creamery management team challenged their staff to come up with a fresh idea that would pay tribute to the Nittany Lions. After several product and taste tests conducted by student intern Abigail Rule, a food science major from Downingtown, Pennsylvania, "White Out" took home the win.
"White Out" joins other new neighbors on the Creamery menu block, including "Brew and White" iced coffees, "Grilled Stickies" ice cream, "mini" ice cream cups, and a new line of ice cream pint flavors.
Another new product that has been selling well is the "Paw Power" protein pack, which is a "grab-n-go" container featuring Creamery cheese cubes, Penn State summer sausage bites, almonds and raisins.
"The protein packs are flying off the shelves," Brown said. "They are a great option for students who are pressed for time between classes, but need a healthy snack to keep them going."
Penn State's Berkey Creamery, located on the University Park campus, produces ice cream, cheese, milk, yogurt and sour cream, as well as a variety of other products, such as juices, lemonade and iced teas, all made through the Department of Food Science in the College of Agricultural Sciences.
According to Brown, it is the largest university creamery in the United States, using approximately 5.5 million pounds of milk annually, about two-thirds of which comes from a 225-cow herd at the University's Dairy Production Research Center.
The Creamery sells approximately 750,000 hand-dipped cones and bowls of ice cream in its store each year and ships its products across the United States via online sales. Its cheese offerings include a variety of cheddar cheeses, cream cheeses and cheddar spreads.